Musicologist, author, critic, essayist, and emeritus professor of musicology at University of California, Berkeley Joseph Kerman is dead at 89 after a long illness reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Among his many notable papers and publications on music his slender but brilliant and seminal 1956 volume (revised, 1988) Opera as Drama, his first book which book (in)famously and deathlessly dubbed Puccini's Tosca "a shabby little shocker" and which book we first became acquainted with only in the early 2000s, reshaped the thinking of scholars, students, and serious fans of the artform everywhere concerning the structure and nature of opera and served us in particular for what turned out to be the book's incidental validation of our own less well formed and less than popular thoughts on the matter. Professor Kerman's critical voice will be sorely missed and we mourn his passing. The Chronicle obituary can be read here. Atque in perpetuum, Joseph, ave atque vale.